Ruin value is usually applied to buildings, it is the concept that a building be designed such that it is aesthetically pleasing in its collapse.
I am sure that detroit was not designed/built this way, but the ruin porn of flowers in decayed buildings is still beautiful.
how do you design digital systems that decay intentionally? I don’t think we do this because we don’t think of digital technology as decaying. The hardware may, but the guts seem eternal, and if not eternal, absent. The decay is not visible unless you go seeking, you don’t happen upon it serendipitously. I think about this. Where does software go to die, is there a graveyard for old code? For the sensibilities entailed in the code?
As technology moves to biotechnology and nanotech and anti-aging tech, does the ruin value of a human shell take on a different meaning? can we create, purposefully, shells that collapse in a different manner, aging with a crumbling scaffolding that has a different aesthetic value?
Ivan Sutherland, Technology and Courage
Makes me considering something I posted over a year ago, a quote from Barry Lopez:
“They regarded the whalers with a mixture of ilira and kappia…. Ilira is the fear that accompanies awe; kappia is the fear in the face of unpredictable dangers. Watching a polar bear - ilira. Having to cross thin sea ice - kappia.”
If we consider a continuum:
abstinence -> moderation -> indulgence
It feels required to be directional, nothingness on the left, more than everything on the right. Indulgence is like not the right word. Over indulgence? Excess?
the more I consider this though, i think they are different control mechanisms. i find abstinence easy, moderation hard, and indulgence a mixed bag. still can’t find much science to dig around here.
if you know of any, comment or email me, would you please?
The latter two seem to have a lot of psych and behavioral studies, a great deal of discussion and interest. Abstinence plays into addiction studies. Delayed gratification studies were started by men with marshmallows in the caribbean. Though I often wonder if those studies are not studying the adults around the children more than the children themselves. Unless delayed gratification is expected to be nature, not nurture (citations with titles that imply this all seem to be dead links.)
What I can’t seem to find are studies on moderation, the piece that interests me more.
Here is a question:
You are given one bar of chocolate every two weeks. how do you eat it?
The implication in most studies and conversations is that you eat a bit each day until you get the next one. I don’t know why this is assumed to be the norm. Nothing wrong, as far as I can see, with eating the entire thing on one day, then waiting for the next one.
I do not think this fits the delayed gratification model, because in those studies if you delay you are given more, whereas here, if you delay, you are just doling out your chocolate.
* so why the assumption that doling it out little by little is better than eating it all?
* why is this called bingeing, a pejorative term, I’d say
* why the assumption that if I binge, the absence of chocolate for the remaining days is going to be bothersome or difficult
Is moderation considered a normal behavior? I’d have to say with all of the behavioral economics and psych that I have read, that this is not what it seems humans are wired for. If this is a learned behavior, why do we prioritize this? control? containment?
A progress trap is a short-term social or technological improvement that turns out in the longer term to be a backward step. By the time this is realized—if it ever is—it is too late to change course.
Listing out ones I can think of, and the list grows long, in my mind. Having just read The Science of Fear, and considering biases and familiarity and other ways in which humans fail to have ‘rational’ fears, by which I mean they are likely to happen, vs catastrophic oddities, I wonder if what I am considering (GMO food comes on top, and Round-up and Monsanto’s seeds a close second) are not progress traps. I cannot tell right now.
Kingsnorth finds himself at the end of his article with five possible ways in which to step out of the stream of progress traps and the darkness he sees coming. What he can see, and I think perhaps Thackara would agree with him, are individual choices and local actions. There is no saving the world left anymore. Save yourself and the spaces around you as best you can, and hope there are others who will do the same. Shades of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road.
Here are Kingsnorth’s five considerations for his future:
2. Preserve non-human life
3. Get your hands dirty
4. Insist that nature has a value beyond utility
5. Build refuges
Paul Kingsnorth, Dark Ecology, in Orion Magazine
Neo-environmentalists, Ted Kaczynksi, the scythe, modernized poverty, and progress traps.
The Passport Project’s infographic is also all over the internet lately. [I can’t find their data or how they combined their sources to generate their correlations, so I am assuming it is correct.]
I wish there were additional information on the correlations they display. as well as what it was *not* correlated with. [and of course, always remember, correlation is not causation, repeat, like a mantra]
The dark spaces are as interesting as the light. The creators of this infographic chose income, human capital, creative class, and well-being. What about others? For example, student loan debt, obesity, or number of children?
The US Map shows the lowest passport ownership in states that have the highest obesity ratings. [This is not on their site, but from my head.]
If we assume that no passport means no foreign travel, and that a significant portion of overseas travel is by airplane, perhaps there is a correlation between girth and seat size on airplanes. Perhaps those who do not fit well in plane seats do not bother with passports.
I seem to be having data issues lately. So often they seem skewed or presented to give an impression that is only part of the story. So, additional data things. US Population is listed, but does this include American citizens as well as non-citizens? Are the passports issued new passports or all passports including renewals or replacements?
The infographic is lovely, but it leaves me with more questions than answers.
Is it really the cost of travel, or as implied here, the cost of a passport, that keeps the young from traveling? Perhaps it is also the actual cost of travel, or the need to have a job, pay rent, pay off student loans.
A Gothamist article surmises that this year more New Yorkers may die of suicide than homicide. The final numbers are not in. In a city used to homicide, this seems surprising, even though the Gothamist says the NYC suicide rate is lower than the national average.
This year the suicide rate of soldiers will out number the combat deaths, at least for active duty and reservists in the Army, as reported by CNS news*.
A world in which US military in Afghanistan and NYC deaths are more likely to be suicide than homicide or combat? This must be telling us something, no?
*[I have no data on army vs other armed forces, the Marines would be the other branch to want in this data. Also, the data sources listed in the arcticle don’t provide the information I’d expect, to back up the articles points.]
if you want data, here’s what i was looking at: